Hybrid FAQ

Have a question on the Lexus Hybrid drive system or just want to know what it’s like to drive a hybrid?  We compiled some of the most informative FAQ’s on Hybrids that Lexus provides answers to on their website.  To view all of the Lexus FAQ’s, click here or keep reading and get the best Hybrid FAQ here…

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If I run out of gas, can I use electricity to drive a hybrid?

Lexus Answer:  

No. Though Lexus hybrid technology allows the vehicle to operate on electric power at slow speeds when gasoline is in the tank, it is not designed to run without gasoline. Doing so could cause severe damage to the hybrid system, so drivers should be sure to keep gas in the tank at all times, just like a conventional vehicle.

fuel REMEMBER:  Your hybrid needs gasoline just like every other car still does…

What kind of performance can I expect from a hybrid?

Lexus Answer:

Lexus Hybrid Drive’s efficient technology provides remarkable acceleration and performance. The Lexus Hybrids provide impressive acceleration response, especially from a standing start, due to the electric motors’ delivering maximum torque instantly. Additionally, the Lexus Hybrid Drive system uses an Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT) that helps deliver smooth, seamless acceleration, and some of the quickest 0-60 times in our lineup, some even quicker than many luxury conventional competitors.

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Do I need to charge my hybrid battery?

Lexus Answer:

The gasoline engine of the vehicle charges the hybrid battery as needed. This hybrid battery does not require external charging from an outside source such as an electric vehicle. The hybrid system automatically recharges the traction battery when the remaining power is reduced.

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Does driving a hybrid feel different from driving a conventional vehicle?

Lexus Answer:

For the most part, a hybrid feels the same as other vehicles, but there are a few differences that are quite noticeable. One obvious difference is a significantly smoother and quieter ride due to the use of electric power during startup and lower speeds, gear shifting and steering. Our hybrids also provide impressive acceleration response due to the electric motors delivering maximum torque instantly, giving the GSh and LSh some of the quickest 0-60 times in our lineup, even quicker than many conventional competitors. There are also different things you should keep in mind to maintain your hybrid.

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Can I tow a hybrid?

Lexus Answer:

A hybrid vehicle cannot be towed behind a motor home, as it will cause the battery to overcharge causing damage to the hybrid battery. This includes dingy towing as well as towing with two wheels off the ground. We suggest towing the vehicle on a flat bed vehicle.

How does Hybrid Drive Technology work?

Lexus Answer:

During strong acceleration, and when maximum power is required, Lexus Hybrid Drive simultaneously uses its internal combustion engine and electric-drive motor for exceptional performance. When the electric-drive motor complements the gasoline engine, it provides higher torque, which in turn results in smoother acceleration, free from gearshift lag. With regenerative braking, the electric motor functions as a generator during coasting and braking. Energy that would normally be lost as heat is captured as electrical energy, which is then used to recharge the battery. And while traditional transmissions use fixed gears, the Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT) contains an infinite number of gear ratios to help provide optimal performance for all driving conditions. This helps improve both acceleration and fuel economy.

… you get that?

Which models are available with Lexus Hybrid technology?

Lexus Answer:

The following models have hybrid technology: Lexus CT 200h, ES 300h, NX 300h, RX 450h, GS 450h, and the soon-to-be-released Lexus LC 500h and LS Hybrid.

Read more about the Lexus Hybrid models here.

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When does a hybrid vehicle change from gas to electric?  Can I switch on demand?

Lexus Answer:

Lexus hybrid technology utilizes a combination of gas and electric power sources and, depending on load requirements and driving conditions, switches automatically between electric and gas. This function typically cannot be switched on demand. However, in select models such as the LS Hybrid, drivers can manually switch to EV mode, which allows the vehicle to operate solely using the electric motor for short distances and slow speeds, such as in residential areas or parking garages.

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Learn more about Lexus Hybrids here or stop by North Park Lexus at Dominion to see and drive the impressive hybrid model line-up available now!

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Nebula Gray RX450h at Lexus Dominion

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